CYLC 2024 Progress Pictures (M-Z)

Here are the participants in Create's Year Long Challenge (CYLC2024).

Participants are in alphabetical order by last name. This is the second half of the alphabet. Participants with a last name starting with M-Z are on this page.

Participants with a last name starting with A-L can be found here.

Completed projects can be found here.  


From Pam McDonald:

For 2024, I plan to furnish and landscape the quarter scale Visalian house that I built as my 2023 challenge.

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Here is one side of the house with the rooms completed - I just need to add some houseplants I am working on.

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From Carla McIntyre:

Since I was able to finish a long planned project that kept getting pushed down the to do list last year, I’m up for the 2024 challenge! My project this year is to complete my “museum” display. I’m starting with 2 four-sided display boxes from Hobby Builders bought many years ago. Each corner will be finished to display a different collection from my stash. A sewing room, a European kitchen using Reuter Porcelain, and a man’s workshop are some of my plans. I will also remove one panel to display a Chinese style dining room that was from my mother’s stash. I’ve started gathering pieces that will be in each display but, it’s also become a bit catch-all as you can see.

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Not making a whole lot of progress yet but, my State Day project is ready for display on April 13th and my centerpiece is almost complete! Once State Day is over, I’ll be working full steam ahead on this project.

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From Ann-Cary McLain:

At the recent Quarter Connection Mini Mart I was thrilled to acquire the Charleston Single - a kit I have sought for years. I plan to assemble, electrify, and furnish the house for my CYLC 2024 project.

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This quarter I laid out and stained two levels of flooring. All clapboard siding was attached and openings cut out. (Blue tape holds outer walls for a trial fit.) I made kitchen, dining room, and some bedroom furniture to help with the electrical plan. Not pictured - All electrical components and a display box were purchased.

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From Kathy McNeely:

 I decided to make a painter's studio roombox to display my miniature paintings as I work on them. I've planned a gallery for YEARS, maybe I'll get to it at some point, lol. My roombox kit arrived yesterday. 

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I really underestimated how many bricks and mortar I would need! I just ordered more. I have widened the annex entry in the back and added windows to this part of the build. There us another front room that will be added as well. 

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From Ray Mendonca:

This is the Venetian by Rik Pierce. He taught this class back in 2005 (!) and I purchased the completed exterior from a friend who never finished it. (I'll be giving her credit later!)

I plan to complete the 2 interior rooms, add lighting and furnishings, and turn it into an 18th century Venetian mask shop. Will include some Italian elements outside (like a Venetian lamp post) at the front corner of the shop, and will alter the front door entrance. The downstairs interior was wallpapered but I've begun to remove it.

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Continuing on with my Venetian Canal House/Mask Shop, I've stripped off the downstairs' wallpaper (am adding more lights, then plaster the walls) so it's almost ready.  Covering up the bottom floor's fireplace - only using the fireplace upstairs.  Cut out one of two doors to swap them - that's because I'm building a façade over one of the doors, but you'll have to wait until next quarter to see it!

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Very Venetian to add a Blackamoor.  I found one by Lawbre at a sale, but it was broken.  Decided to re-wire it with a replaceable bulb, add a frosted globe, put him on a pedestal I just gold leafed and re-painted him and...voila!  Even hid the wiring inside the pedestal so it doesn't show.  Great dramatic look especially for the late 1700s/early 1800s.

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(Jean DeVilbiss built the canal house in Rik Pierce's class back in '05.  I warned her the exterior is getting modified, but not entirely - just making it "my own".  While Jean did the initial exterior work, I'm happy to take it to the next level!)

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From Jan Mickelson:

I have selected the Acorn Wood Cottage in half inch scale for this year’s project.

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I’m not as far along as I thought I would be with my half scale acorn cottage! There was the task of gathering appropriate paint colors and of course brain freeze when I even think about landscaping. Onward!

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Samantha Murray

Rinse and repeat. I’m continuing my challenge from last year with the Advent Calendar. 7 buildings down, 18 to go. IT WILL BE FINISHED THIS YEAR!!!

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I have 9 buildings designed so far and an idea of how it will all go together. Gotta step up my game!

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From Linda Napier:

I was hoping to start the Adoorable shop last year after finishing the other project. Well, it's still in the box. I hope to complete it this year.

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Progress this quarter was staining all the pieces and laying the floors. 

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From Mary Neely:

This is my Antebellum Ballroom. This was started with the FAME club a long time ago. It followed me to North Carolina and has been waiting patiently to be completed. All the components are in my stash. This is the year to finish the ballroom!

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From Brae Oktober:

My project is "The Persian." It is a latch hook chart by Patons scanned and printed on cotton, stitched entirely in French knots. The rug was started in 2017, and I've estimated the time to finish it is upwards of 200 hours.

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I've made some progress on The Persian, though not as much as I had hoped. Isn't that always the case?!

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From Marjorie Parker:

This poor Laser Dollhouse Designs Jazmine 1/2 scale has languished for years in a coat closet. Because I started it with no skills and made a number of mistakes, I doubt I can fully restore it. Yet it deserves to be finished and inhabited by its Victorian family. I am doing hybrid battery lighting with round wire and have never ever done shingles. 

I am also tickled by all the fellow challengees working on Joie de Vivre. I have one to finish too, and would not let myself buy any furniture until it was done. Maybe that will be my CYLC for 2025. One word to you, don’t get all hung up on all the custom paint mixes… unless you want to, of course….

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Eeek! The March CYLC is due! I forgot! I have been working on the True2Scale lamps for my Club’s 1/48 scale project instead.

So earlier, I took my Jasmine 1/24 apart and tried to untangle the wiring. I did learn that 9 Volt batteries are not necessarily compatible with all ancient 1/24 scale 12 volt lamps that I have acquired and “inherited”. Who knew? Two of the lamps failed, one battery got super-hot and some wires needed to be re-spliced. It was far easier to get the fireplace going with a reliable Evan Designs LED fire kit.

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From Debbie Patrick:

A friend who was downsizing gave me these display kits. There are three kits which can be configured for 1-4 sections each. I have several collections in my closet which will be used to create museum style rooms. I’ll be starting with “A Museum of Yesteryear” and a museum room for “China”. I’ll use an entire kit for my Egyptian collection. The last box is being planned as a “Tribute to Disney” box. Thank You for continuing this Challenge!

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I am determined to finish my challenge this year but I have been totally consumed with our State Day this quarter. I don't have any progress pictures this quarter.

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From Kathy Patrick:

I am hoping to achieve completion of my 2023 goal, which is finishing the entire dollhouse inside and out, one room at a time. I still have seven rooms (or areas) of the interior and several items of trim, shutter, roofing and bricking for the exterior. Here are pictures of the rooms of the interior yet to be finished.

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I spent almost a month trying to correct electrical problems and “almost” have it fixed. I finished off a back porch room into a garden shed. I also did a lot of decorative finishing in to dining room (wall decor, table, and stained glass window). I started a room upstairs, doing built in cabinets. I also did a lot of trim work.

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From Alician Pearce:

My main goal for 2024: I want to get the basic structure done on my book shop. If I get done early with that, then I will work on the kits for the insides .... that will be a bonus .....

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These will be bonus items if I get the structure done ...

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I have had a crazy first part of the year... this is all that I was able to get done.

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I did not get much done on the structure, but I did get most of the lighting in, and also got some of the furniture assembled.

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From Melody Petlock:

My goal for the 2024 NAME year long challenge is to make some progress on this display cabinet dollhouse I built about 7 years ago. I at least want to finish whatever is needed for the dolls to move in. (Flooring, baseboards, door frames, strip lighting, stairs, and any "built ins".
I call this dollhouse the Dutch House. It is the home of a Sea Captain and his very creative wife (M'Lady). The house is in some warm Dutch colony so a lot of the furnishings are white wicker. They have been many places so have decorated their house with things collected on their travels.

The photos are a rough image that was the best I could find of the basic kit (Real Good Toys 20+ room showcase) and the current "secret shame" state of the house. M'Lady is not amused!

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The first step was clearing out all the things stuffed in the dollhouse over time. Over these months I have painted, cut and glued a lot of doorframes and baseboards. I also worked on hallway doors - false entrances, exits. I made 2 cheap fireplaces super fancy and upscaled a couple of shelf units. I botched hallway floors so am waiting for new lovely blue tiles.
I am enjoying making progress thanks to this motivating year-long challenge!

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In the second quarter I figured out and installed a lot of trim and finished all of the flooring. It's becoming a challenge to focus on architecture, walls, floors, windows, stairs and trims. I keep wanting to work on furniture and fill shelves!

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From Caryn Pitts:

I finally started on this kit for the 2023 Challenge, but ran out of time at the end of the year to finish it.  So, my goal is to finish it this year and start on the flower shop I posted in my January 2023 picture!

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Well, I didn't get anything completed this quarter. It all just disappeared before I knew it. However, I have pulled the library out and my goal is to get the lighting wired and working this month and some art on the walls.

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From Cheryl Polito:

I am going to continue working on my log cabin and think I will take the advice of working on it every day from a certain time so by December 31, 2024 I will have it finished inside and out. 

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From Jackie Rich:

I would like to complete this Christmas project. It will include the structure, furnishings, and landscaping.

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This is a start! Easy construction but still will take a while to finish! Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! What wallpaper to use, what colors to paint and stain, what furniture to use, where and how to make and place room dividers, what to use, and where to place lighting!!!

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From Paige Riley:

I’m so happy that you are doing another CYLC! I was sad to miss it last year. I have been so busy working on renovations for other people, that I haven’t devoted much time to my own. I have had this house for a couple of years and haven’t done anything with it! As you can see, it’s a storage shelf at the moment! I am planning on some changes in its structure, as well as remodeling inside and out with a ‘70s theme. I’m hoping quarterly reporting will keep me on track and motivated.

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Not much progress this quarter. But she’s cleared out, cleaned, and lead tested before I sanded. (I didn’t once on an old house and it was lead!) I took the upper windows out and I think I am going to do some structural work. I took the fireplace wall out and now it’s sagging a bit, so I may need to put some other support on the first floor. 

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From Kelle Risoli:

I really want to try and get this completed. Fantasy Cottage revised into a Gothic Chamber.

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I have made some modifications to the size and the material that will be used. So far I have created the prototype and the patterns I'll use to cut the pieces. Doesn't seem like much but at least it's progress ;-)

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From Jeffrey Ritter:

I am submitting as my year long challenge the completion of this 3 building, nine room Amsterdam townhouse project. This project is the selected project for the Carolina state Day event on April 24, but I may need more time. I WILL need more time. The scale is 1:48.

I have watched several documentaries and films about Rembrandt and Vermeer, and we had a recent exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art on those painters and their peers. So, the upper rooms will be completed as if they are the art studios of 3 different artists, adorned with the props and garments found in a famous painting -- so it looks like everyone stepped away for lunch. On the center floor will be a servant's room, a prep room (with pigments, canvases, and stuff), and a fancy owner's bedroom. On the main floor will be a kitchen, two fancy rooms, a dining room, and an office. 

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The 1:48 Amsterdam houses are proceeding well. Nearly 3000 bricks hand-installed and all window shutters installed. Interior timbers installed. Doorways and stairwells cut. Stairways assembled. Stucco interior walls done. Stained wood floors installed for five rooms. Stone floor and parquet floor pieces for remaining rooms cut but not installed. The studio rooms (all from the Dutch painter Vermeer) to be recreated have been selected. Ceiling timbers cut and stained. Cobblestone test moldings and painting completed.

All the interior furnishings and accessories have been selected and acquired. I hope to make as many as possible by hand--using the kits I purchased as templates with which to pattern, cut and assemble from my own wood.  Approximately 90+ furniture items, not counting pots, pans, books, flowers, serving dishes, easels, etc. Have learned how to paint miniature (shrink a paint-by-number and then complete under a magnifier!) and will try to do so with some of the great classics. 

Much more to report but you said it needed to be short. 

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From Connie Sauve:

Kringle’s Tree Farm started when my friend Don Silva, gave me the wood shack who made it from scratch. I happened to have the acrylic cover already, so I had the base made to fit the cover, which dictated the size of the project. I fell in love with the MacKenzie-Childs colorful truck and bought one on eBay. The truck fit in great with the shack and I decided to turn the scene into a Christmas tree lot. The shack will be selling Christmas items, there will be a split-rail fence around the whole scene with a gate. There will be a family buying their Christmas tree from tree lot. There will be lots of snow and lights, creating an iconic American Christmas scene.

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“Kringle’s Tree Farm” is coming along great so far! I made the split rail fence from old wood stakes I found in the desert. The snow has been started by laying down the first layer of styrofoam. The sales shack is in place and also the truck. I made the pine tree display shelf from scratch, which still needs to painted and finished.

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From Carin Shapiro:

I will be working on installing electrical, moulding, walls, and floors in this house. Of course, there are a few other projects going on at the same time, namely a flower shop, completion of a house in my VT house, and electrical repairs on a roombox. Enough to keep me out of trouble!

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Although my house is still a wreck, I did prime it, installed the tape wire, bought most of the wallpaper, redid the cupolas (50 cents each from a NAME garage sale), cut openings for a few new windows. I think my work will be more visibly obvious next quarter.

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From Bernadette Shustak:

I am hoping to restore my quarter scale Castle Stalker and finish these other kits.

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I finished all of these and repaired my castle. Have two True2Scale micro gingerbread houses to finish.

(Editorial comment: She sent in 6 pictures but I am only putting up 2 per the rules.)

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From Susan Skinner:

I would like to complete my project from the 2023 CYLC.

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I've been tackling the trim and all the miter cuts a bit more and laid the floor on 1/4 of the upstairs. Its been very tricky doing the first back room but after I get the second back room floor laid the front two will be easy.

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From Kirsten Smolensky:

I want to finish Santa’s house which started as a $20 flea market find 4 years ago. It’s been stripped and partially electrified, but I want to finish it this year before Christmas. 

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Created kitchen cabinets and added lighting to fridge and over faux window. Created TV from scratch. Created mail sorting center from scratch. Still a long way to go!!

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From Helen Sparks:

This year I hope to finish decorating the inside of the 1/2" scale Colonial and also assemble Kiki's Magic Emporium (a gift from my grandkids).

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Still gathering furniture appliances and accessories!

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From Jodi St. Pierre:

This is my childhood dollhouse, at least 50 years old. It was stored in an old garage and evidently provided a home for a furry family. I thought it had been destroyed and thrown away due to flood damage. My son surprised me Christmas Day! It was packed behind some old boxes and he recently found it (and cleaned it out). I'm going to try to save what I can, including furniture, carpet, and that awesome green velvet wallpaper!

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The 50 year old dollhouse needed a complete rehab, including a warped board needing replacement. I took it completely apart to sand and repair (it looked so sad as a stack of boards). Carpet and wallpaper were removed. Doors and windows enlarged to scale. Stairs and interior doorways added.

It is now back together and solid. By June, I hope to have all windows and door frames installed, and MAYBE walls and cleaned carpet. Collage pics show progress, before/after.

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From Barb Striethorst:

OK, I'll bite and try to finish my not completed 2023 Year Long Challenge "Loonie Toonie PLUS" store in 2024!!

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I have made progress! The toys are installed in the shelving unit that I almost finished last year. All the candy is in the cash counter front shelves. The Christmas display is finished.  I may just get this project completed in 2024.

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From Julie Stuckmeyer:

I started this castle in the summer of 2020 and got this far in a few months ... and it has sat on my shelf ever since!! My goal is to finish it "Hogwarts-style" as a companion to my Wandlyn Way Street of Shops (Petworth Studios' "Street of Shops for North American Wizards").

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And, because I'm a glutton for punishment (or I like to really challenge myself -- we'll go with that!) I'm also going to finish my Joie de Vivre ... inside and outside!

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My castle progress amounted to a lot of lighting work and a little landscaping. For Joie de Vivre, I completed the structure.

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From Fran Sussman:

This year I’ve gotten smarter. I’m going to commit to finishing something that is already started. This is a Georgian Babyhouse I took in a class with Geoff Wonnacott in 2018. I’ve been lighting and gradually filling it ever since. Only three rooms left, covering the edges, and attaching the doors. This is the year I plan to finish it. Hmmm … will I make it?

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One more room done, only 2 to go. The bedroom (top right) was challenging! Lots of experimenting to make curtains and a dust ruffle. But it will be so much easier next time I have to do it. On to the gentlemen’s study next!

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From Julia Tchikine:

This year, I want to finish a roombox that I started a few months ago. It is a bathroom (see the bottom image), and I am trying to make most of the accessories and pieces by hand. I have completed some of it, but I would love to have all the accessories and furnishings completed by the end of the year, and maybe even get started on the exterior. 

I would also like to finish a roombox that I started recently (see the top image), but haven't made much progress on.

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I got a surprising amount of work done these past few months! I finished painting all of the walls, built a roof, made some furniture, and glued in the wood floor. I hope that the next few months are as productive as these have been!

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From Barbara Thornton-Hill:

This is a series of projects I need to finish. 6-1/2 book boxes to fill from 2020, 6 suitcases to fill from 2021 and 13 or 14 kits from the 50th Anniversary to put together. I’d love to finish these projects. I had to move in the summer of 2023 and had to drop out with minimal progress so I'm reusing my 2023 Challenge for this year.

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The goal is to get my craft room in order by the end of 2024. This is my before collage.

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From Terry Unnold:

I really hesitated about jumping in on this challenge again, so I dithered about it until the bitter end. I’ve had this plastic monster for years, ever since I told miniature shop owner, Eileen Godfrey, that I had always wanted one. They were advertised in Nutshell News, I think in the eighties, but I had never seen one in a shop anywhere. Eileen thought there was a good reason for that since she thought it was a plastic monstrosity that she would never sell. She had acquired it in an estate from another shop that wasn’t able to sell it. She happily consigned it to the trunk of my car as a gift. It has really small rooms but there’s a very elegant version of it at the Museum of Miniatures in Carmel, Indiana to inspire me. Also nudging me on are my 1/12 scale Barbies who have seen the movie and want their own house this year!

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Not much to report this quarter. I managed to clear out the house that will be my Homage to Barbie” and bring it to my workbench. Then I located the bits and pieces that I think will go into the house and asked Barbie and Ken what they thought.  Barbie is happy with the tub but they are still thinking about that painting. Next quarter, I need to get the ceiling lights to work and decide on walls and floors. How much pink??? The Barbie in the tub is a Hallmark Barbie head on an articulated body and I will continue to maim more dolls so that they are more poseable.

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From Donna Vanaselja:

This is a project from Quarter Connection online. I built the initial structure and found my occupants, but then stopped working on it. It will be Snow White’s cottage with her dwarves in quarter scale.

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I added thatch, but not happy with it yet. All the windows are in and framed. All walls and ceiling are covered and the floors are installed. I’ve been working on the furniture and fireplace.
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From Marcie Van Deren:

I am going to try to finish three (3!!) projects. They have hung around way too long. 
1. The 2009 AZ State Day RV ... Needs refurbishing and a landscaped base with the dust cover.  
2. Lace Shop ... Inside shop walls and floor are done. Furniture is started. Piles of lace to be turned into everything a lace shop should contain. 
3. The Thrifted Living Room ... Nothing is started. Have to build the room box. I have been collecting for it for a long time.

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This has been an excellent challenge. I am further along in these three projects that I would have thought possible! The Thrift store is out of the box and put together. The trailer base just needs the hookups now. The lace shop has been painted on the outside and most everything has been made for the inside. I just need to paint the trim and put in the lights. Thank you for the encouragement!

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From Denise Voelker:

This mess is going to be the Neverwas, which after a year has been nicknamed Never-maybe.

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Windows are in and 2nd floor is attached to the 1st floor.

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From Sandra Whipple:

I plan to complete my half-scale cottage by adding a second floor, roof, electricity, furnishings and landscaping. 

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I have added a second floor, roof, and electricity. 

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From Cat Wingler:

I plan to take the year to build, furnish and decorate, plus inhabitants, the Fairy Tale Book Nook by Debbie Young as a street of Christmas shops.

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I have assembled the building fronts and since this is to be a street of Christmas shops, I changed the color choices. Then I added the timbers. Next is the doors and windows and the trim for the doors and windows, and hopefully the roofs.

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This quarters plan is doing the doors and windows and trim pieces for the doors and windows, adding the roof pieces and shingling all the roofs. I made some adjustments to the original colors after I dry fit all the pieces. I put the base colors on the roof, and will add snow later. I did the cobblestones on the floor and did the base colors on the cobblestones. Next is building the box and doing the electrical.

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From Tammy Witthaus:

The big project that I want to complete is Petalstone both inside and outside.

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My 2nd project to complete is my 1/2 scale Fairy B&B. This started as a class at 2016 Chicago International called Game of Stones that I modified. I need to complete the electrical, finish the top, complete the stone work, and the stream/water.

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March Update:

Petalstone - 1st floor basics and kitchen complete. On to the ceiling and building 2nd floor.

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Added more fairies. Completed lighting, top, and added more stone work. Now trying to find a background scene picture for the top and add more water.

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From Marty Young:

This year I want to complete the build from last year (Debbie Young’s Charleston Single). I also want to complete Birdhouse Bluff (pictured) with the landscaping. Then I want to start the Neverwas. Everything is collected and is in plastic boxes. No need to show pictures of plastic boxes.

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March Update:

My year long challenge is to finish the Colonial single etc but this quarter I got side tracked into finishing my village houses. So here are 4 that I have completed. 

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From Stephanie Yue: 

I would like to give the 2024 Challenge a try.This is a picture of Robin Betterley’s Secret Cabinet monthly kits for 2023. I also have her 2022 kits but think maybe I can handle 2023 better.

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March Update:

I chose the biggest kit and completed the cabinet today. I have the door done, but I won’t install it until I complete 2 rooms: April and May that go behind the door. Having a deadline motivated me. I’m having fun.

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From Ellen Yunker:

I honestly can’t remember just when I ordered this lamp-roombox but I think it was 2012! Our club chose personalized kits and I think I’m the only one who didn't finish. However, I completed the French knot rug last year so I’m hoping to finish the whole piece in 2024. Thanks to the Create team for offering this incentive!

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March Update:

All I’ve done is finish off the edges of my rug, add some trees to my Putz house window display & make 14 poinsettias, finishing 2 pots! I actually made a bunch of poinsettias a couple of years ago but can’t find them, so I bought more kits at the Columbus show in November. I promise I will make more progress by June!

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From Estee Zeitlin:

The Year Long Challenge of 2023 propelled my progress which had me complete 4 of 6 rooms, one in each quarter. This year my goal is to continue this same Wesley Inn with the hope of designing the last two bedrooms along with two bathrooms, the hallways, the exterior, and the lighting.

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Grand Bedroom with private bath

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From Sharon Zingery:

This project was started during the pandemic. I must finish it. It will end up being a south west mission church. There’s supposed to be a courtyard on the side. Thanks for giving me a way to push myself to complete it.

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March Update:

I added the courtyard, still deciding whether to put it on the right or left. Still a lot - a lot - to do.

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